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AJ McCarron | Quarterback

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 205

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Alabama QB A.J. McCarron's fall to the No. 164 overall pick (Bengals) surprised analysts.
"He should have been drafted earlier," NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. "Looking at him talent-wise, he was in my top 50 for a while. He ended up dropping out of the top 50, but I thought he was a late-second-round, early-third-round talent when you stack him on the board." NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked McCarron No. 67 overall, not far behind Teddy Bridgewater, whom Mayock vocally soured on during the process. "This is not unusual when we start dealing with quarterback roulette," colleague Charles Davis said, discussing McCarron's tumble. "How many times have we seen highly ranked quarterbacks slide? Matt Barkley went into his senior year at USC as the perceived No. 1 pick in the entire draft and he ends up going in the fourth round." Thu, May 15, 2014 11:03:00 PM

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Bengals selected Alabama QB A.J. McCarron with the No. 164 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

McCarron (6-foot-3 1/4, 220) made 40 starts for the Crimson Tide, posting a sterling 36-4 record, 77:15 TD-to-INT ratio, and 66.9 completion rate. He ran 4.94 at the Combine, but won't be a plus-yardage running threat in the pros. McCarron's strengths are his pro-style background, ideal build and hand size (10"), accuracy, and decision making. Widely considered a "game manager," McCarron lacks arm strength to drive the ball outside the numbers, and will likely be dependent on a top-notch supporting cast if he ever gets a chance as a starter. He's not going to supplant Andy Dalton this year or down the line.
Sat, May 10, 2014 03:33:00 PM

Adam Schefter reported on ESPN's On The Clock that Alabama QB A.J. McCarron "rubbed a lot of NFL executives the wrong way" during interviews during the pre-draft process.

Johnny Manziel's confidence captivated NFL decision makers, while McCaron's apparently made the same men uncomfortable. We're only left to speculate as to why that is, but one example of McCarron's confidence expanding into hubris happened on the Paul Finebaum radio show late last month when he said "pretty much everyone so far," in the NFL told him he'd been given a first-round grade. "They felt like I could go anywhere from 16-35," McCarron said. Well, this is awkward. He's still available heading into Round 4, and McCarron is no lock to hear his name called in the fourth stanza.
Sat, May 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Profootballtalk reports that "multiple scouts are befuddled" that Alabama QB A.J. McCarron claims NFL teams tell him he's a first-rounder.

McCarron said on the Paul Finebaum radio show that "pretty much everyone" associated with the NFL has told him he has a first-round grade, a statement that flies in the face of draft media expectations. ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on Thursday's SportsCenter that one team "loves (McCarron) as a possible late first-, early second-rounder," but that's about as positive report as you'll hear. We expect McCarron to go near the top of Day 3, with Round 2 the absolute best-case scenario.
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:17:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah reported Thursday on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" that Alabama QB AJ McCarron might be in for a draft day slide.

"I heard a while back, maybe the Arizona Cardinals at No. 20, but I haven't heard that as much," Jeremiah said. "More than likely you're talking about later on in the second round, maybe in the third round. If I had to set a sweet spot for AJ McCarron, it would have to be in that early third-round mix. I did have one person tell me there's a very real chance McCarron could be this year's Matt Barkley, a guy we saw slide down in last year's draft." Philadelphia selected Barkley at No. 98 last year. Whether you consider that a "slide" or not for McCarron is a case of semantics. We don't view him as better than an early Day 3 prospect, but McCarron himself said he's been told he'll go between 16-35. If that's the baseline, then he's likely headed for a "drop."
Thu, May 1, 2014 09:01:00 PM

The Rams will work out Alabama QB AJ McCarron on Thursday, according to NFL Media insiders Albert Breer and Ian Rapoport.

McCarron could go in Round 2 (the Crimson Tide prospect himself says he could go as high as No. 16, which we don't see), and the Rams hold the No. 44 selection. GM Les Snead and HC Jeff Fisher will lead a contingent of St. Louis evaluators in Tuscaloosa. McCarron threw 57 percent of his interceptions last season (four of seven) in the 16 percent of his throws that were under duress. He also doesn't have a strong arm. We'd pass.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 09:38:00 PM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron said on the Paul Finebaum radio show that he's been told by by NFL executives that he'll be drafted as high as the No. 16 overall pick.

"They felt like I could go anywhere from 16-35," McCarron said. "I believe that, too. At the same time, I don't have my hopes set on anything. Whatever happens, happens. It's a blessing for me to even be in this situation." The Cowboys own the No. 16 pick. McCarron added that "pretty much everyone so far," in the NFL has told him he's been given a first-round grade. We won't call McCarron a liar, but we've mostly read early Day 3 grades. It wouldn't surprise if he went in the second round, but a Round 1 selection would be a shock. Todd McShay's head would explode on live television if the Cowboys took McCarron at No. 16.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 10:16:00 PM

Titans guard Chance Warmack wants his team to draft Alabama QB AJ McCarron.

"I hope we get him. I don't know what round we can get him in, but I definitely want him in Tennessee," Warmack said. "He's a winner. He's a great guy to be around and he'll help the locker room. He's not selfish as a quarterback and he's going to make the right plays on the field. If he doesn't start, when he gets drafted by the Tennessee Titans he'll definitely help." This doesn't speak glowingly about incumbent starting QB Jake Locker, of course, but McCarron is one QB the Titans could take that wouldn't concern the former Washington QB whatsoever. If David Fales had played for Alabama the last four years, everybody would be slapping the "winner" label on him too. Context, Chance. Context.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:02:00 PM

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Alabama QB AJ McCarron's QBR was better than average in 37 of his 40 career starts.

Not only that, but McCarron had an above average QBR in all 17 games he started against top 25 competition. That's the good news. The bad news is that ESPN reveals that McCarron threw 57 percent of his interceptions last season (four of seven) in the 16 percent of his throws that were under duress. When you couple that skittishness with a lackluster arm -- Rotoworld's Greg Peshek charted McCarron as having the worst adjusted completion percentage (43.24) of passes that traveled 20-plus yards downfield amongst nine quarterbacks evaluated -- you can understand why we'd advise an NFL team to select a different Day 3 developmental QB.
Sat, Apr 26, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron missed a pre-draft visit with the Titans earlier this month due to illness, and the visit wasn't rescheduled.

No word on whether the team was perturbed. Either way, a trip isn't crucial. You can see what McCarron is on tape: A Day 3 career backup type due to his limitations as a thrower. Rotoworld's Greg Peshek charted McCarron as having the worst adjusted completion percentage (43.24) of passes that traveled 20-plus yards downfield amongst nine quarterbacks evaluated. The NFL, if you haven't heard, sorta values QBs that can complete passes downfield.
Thu, Apr 24, 2014 08:53:00 PM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron is visiting the Browns on Tuesday, according to Albert Breer.

McCarron worked out for the team last week and is scheduled to do the same for the Rams on May 1. The Browns have somewhat of a similar talent in Brian Hoyer, so we doubt they pounce on McCarron. In fact, Hoyer could be the better player of the two. McCarron has had a very quiet draft process in terms of exposure.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:35:00 AM

The Cardinals are "sweet on a couple of quarterbacks," namely Derek Carr and AJ McCarron, according to the MMQB's Peter King.

"With coach Bruce Arians’ love of the deep ball, McCarron in round two seems a bit of a reach," King writes. "I will say this about McCarron: He doesn’t have a great deep arm by any standard, but he’s an accurate deep-ball thrower when he does air it out." According to Rotoworld's Greg Peshek, McCarron had the worst adjusted completion percentage (43.24) of passes that traveled 20-plus yards downfield among nine quarterbacks charted. Carr was second worst at 44.23 percent.
Source: The MMQB
Mon, Apr 21, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron is conducting a private workout for the Browns on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

McCarron is nothing more than a third-round pick, no matter how much you value his game. The Alabama quarterback is a limited passer, but teams might conclude he could help a team win if supported by a strong running game and tough defense. Teams will try to mimic the Seahawks' approach, but they'll need plenty of luck if McCarron is the choice at quarterback.
Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Alabama QB AJ McCarron visited the Patriots on Wednesday and is shceduled to trvel to Jacksonville on Friday.

McCarron's name has not been brought up in some time, since he decided to skip the Senior Bowl and threw on a limited basis during the pre-draft process. Teams could view him as a quarterback who limits turnovers, can work through a game plan off play action, rely on a strong running game and good defense. He certainly has his deficiencies, however.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 11:14:00 AM

"A lot of personnel guys" have connected Alabama QB AJ McCarron to the Arizona Cardinals, according to's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah assumes the pick could be made in the second-round. We do not really see the fit, as Bruce Arians loves to test teams vertically. Of the nine quarterbacks charted by Greg Peshek, McCarron had the worst completion percentage of passes beyond 20 yards. The Alabama quarterback can be an extension of a game plan, but would work best with a strong running game and play action off of that. Remember, the Cardinals were linked with Matt Barkley last year.
Thu, Apr 3, 2014 11:16:00 AM